Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was ejected in between innings during Thursday’s game against the Rays by home plate umpire Chris Segal for arguing balls and strikes. Cain didn’t like a called strike on a pitch Rays reliever Steve Geltz threw. The strike zone graphic shown by FOX Sports Kansas City showed that the pitch was a bit inside, but it looked much worse because catcher Rene Rivera set up outside and the pitch ran inside. Pitches like that are typically called balls.
Cain wasn’t immediately ejected. In fact, he took a rather diplomatic approach to the dispute, as Matthew DeFranks of 810 WHB in Kansas City details:
Lorenzo Cain: Debate Captain. pic.twitter.com/1YLJNx4PcT
— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) July 9, 2015
Cain, recently nominated to his first All-Star team, had hit his eighth home run of the season earlier in that game. He’s currently hitting .312/.371/.489 with 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases while playing terrific defense in center field.